washing methods

Its been a long time for me! I was inactive on LJ for a few years but I've come back around. Sad to see this comm isn't as active as it used to be, so I figured I'd post to help out with that a bit.

So, I had dreads for like 5 years but lost them a couple years ago when I was sick/on chemo. I primarily washed with baking soda + vinegar rinse, with the deep clean occasionally. When I cut and combed the dreads out, I was kind of disturbed by the amount of lint and sebum stuck in them. I recall reading another person post about the same experience when they cut theirs.

The past couple years without dreads, I have continued to not use shampoo. I just do water-only washes and occasionally use an egg yolk when water won't cut it. I still get sebum and lint, but it is removed with a comb, and I can see it in the teeth of the comb, exactly the stuff that was stuck inside my dreads. And its not like I have an abnormal amount - I usually go a week or so between washes and it doesn't look crazy greasy. Just healthy.

I've been contemplating getting dreads again, but one of the things holding me up a bit is this sebum/lint build up. I know I could just live with it, but, I kinda think it made my dreads a little duller, and it grosses me out a bit. And I definitely love NOT using shampoo, so I don't want to go that route.

Anyone care to input how they deal with this issue? Ever use an egg yolk to wash your dreads?

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One of my biggest challenges is to refrain from shaving my head out of grief. I don't know how I am going to get through this.


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I haven't even looked at Lj in mad long but hangin with my OG Lj buddies steelreserve40z and strfvr I figured I'd send this over here.


My original dread mullet is gone except for a single skinny natural dread...though its been joined by many natural tangly fatties that I like to call squatters nest.

Dreads forming naturally over time

I know that opposed to back combing and other such methods you can grow dreads simply by not brushing your hair. I know it takes longer and it's probably better to pull them apart after a while so they don't end up all clumped together.

But I buzzed my head down to maybe less than an inch almost a year ago and I haven't touched a brush to my head in that entire time. I'd say it's been about 10 months and my hair is almost 6 inches long. It's pretty wavy (maybe not SUPER wavy but definitely not straight) and I don't have a single knot yet. I don't ever use conditioner. Shouldn't I have some sort of knots by now? Or does it take even longer to start? I've heard some people say theirs knotted after a few weeks or months but I know everyone's hair is different. Still though, I'd think I'd at least have something. Is there anything I can do to help?